Building Faith, Character, and Excellence
February 21st, 2020
Preparing for the Lenten Season
Next week we enter the liturgical season of Lent. This is a time of preparation for the biggest feast of the Church year - the Easter celebration. 

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. As we decide what to give up during Lent, consider how this might clear the path and create space for us to spend more time with God, with the end goal of deepening our relationship with God. What will your Lent look like this year?

Here is a link to several short easy-to-read articles about Lent.  We invite all parents to join us for our Ash Wednesday Mass at 10:00 a.m. on February 26 in Alumni Gym.
Spring Musical This Weekend!
Saint Joe Theatre presents Meredith Wilson's
"The Music Man"

Showing this weekend at Bethel University's Everest-Rohrer Auditorium

Friday, February 21 st at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 22 nd at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $5.00 at the door!
Saint Joe Best Buddies Recognized at Indiana Senate
Junior Ethan Horvath and senior Kayla Graham were recognized on the Indiana Senate floor earlier this month for their involvement in starting a chapter of the Best Buddies program at Saint Joe.

The goal behind Best Buddies is championing the idea of friendship and supporting the program's mission of ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of people with intellectual or developmental disability (IDD).

Junior Kyle Feldcamp also received recognition for his involvement with the Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council.

Office of Student Life:
Student Absences for College Visits
Students planning college visits may receive up to two excused absences, provided the Office of Student Life receives a verification letter from an authorized person at the college or university being visited.

This information can be found on p. 28 of the Student-Parent Handbook. .
Please join us on March 21st for the 2020 Gala, "Ignite the Vision!" at The Armory.

The night of food, festivity, and philanthropy promises to be a great time, all while directly supporting the students of Saint Joseph High School.

Visit the gala page to learn more, purchase tickets, or become a sponsor. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Hunt, advancement coordinator .

We hope to see you on the 21st!
Announcements:
Spirit Wear Order Form
New spirit wear is available! Print out a copy of the Spirit Wear Order Form and return it with payment by Monday, March 9th following the instructions provided on the form.

Checks can be made payable to Saint Joseph High School, and mailed to the school "Attn: Spirit Wear" or dropped off at the Main Office.

Please contact Mr. Joe Waltz with any questions.
Performers Earn Gold at ISSMA Competiton
Saint Joseph High School brought home some hardware from the Indiana State Music Association District Organizational Contest!

Congrats to Annie Bretz and Lauren Eggleston for each winning gold in Vocal Solo, and to Jacob Frabutt, Elena Parial, Oliver Kaufhold, Patrick Green, and Jordan Martinez for bringing home gold in the Percussion Ensemble!
Summer P.E.
The link to express interest in Summer P.E. is currently live and will be active up to March 9th. Saint Joseph High School is implementing a lottery system to choose participants for this highly sought-after class.

Here is a link  for additional information.
GAPP Exchange Program
The German American Partnership Program (GAPP) will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, March 4th, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in Room 251.

Third quarter Christian Service hours are due on Friday, February 28th.

Featured service opportunities are broadcast through student announcements, as well as on our Canvas Joy of Christian Service page. You can also search from the list of pre-approved service sites .

Questions? Access our  Christian Service page here or reach out to Mrs. Kathy Kershner .
UPCOMING DATES
February 21-22: Spring Musical ( Everest-Rohrer Fine Arts Center at Bethel University )
February 26: Ash Wednesday / All School Mass ( 10:00 a.m. )
February 28: Dress Down Day ( Catholic Relief Services )
March 3: Late Start ( 9:15 a.m. )
March 6: Curriculum Day ( No School )
March 13: Teacher Record Day ( No School )
March 14: SAT Testing
March 21: Gala, Ignite the Vision
Sports Report:
Go Indians!
Pruitt Makes Big Splash as Back-to-Back State Champ
Mary Cate Pruitt repeated as IHSAA state champion in the 500 Freestyle event, posting a time of 4:47.03, and the girls swimming team finished 9th in the state! This is the third consecutive top ten finish for the girls at the IHSAA state championships. Pruitt added a third place finish in the 200 Freestyle and was the anchor on the 7th place-finishing 200 Freestyle Relay team (alongside Lauren Pieniazkiewicz, Emma Feltzer, and Olivia Elston).

Boys swimming competes in the IHSAA Sectional championships tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Mishawaka. Swimmers competing in A-level finals include:

Sam Sierra - 200 IM, 100 Butterfly
Gage Hannewyck - 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle

200 Medley Relay - Sam Sierra, Oliver Teuscher, Campell Jones, Gage Hannewyck

400 Freestyle Relay - Jack Murray, TJ Weber, Thomas Helm, Oliver Teuscher
Following a narrow one-point loss to Adams, the boys basketball team has embarked on a three-game winning streak, with wins over John Glenn, Northwood, and Elkhart Memorial. The regular season concludes next week with road tilts against Plymouth (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.) and Mishawaka (Friday, 7:30 p.m.).

The boys freshman basketball team also repeated as NIC Tournament champions.
The girls basketball team saw their season come to an end in the sectional semi-final against Marian. Thank you to the seniors for your commitment and leadership over the last four years!

Jonny Scott represented the wrestling team at semi-state for the second straight year, eventually falling to Nick Winland of Chesterton. Johnny advanced out of the Penn Regional with a 3rd place finish in the 160 lb. weight class.

The Saint Joe hockey varsity advanced to the Michiana High School Hockey League final, rematching Adams after a February 1st contest won by Saint Joe. The MHSHL Championship was a tight game, with the score tied 2-2 going into overtime. Unfortunately Adams snuck one in to bring an end to the 4-on-4 overtime period and claim the MHSHL title. The team bounces back with the state tournament beginning Friday, February 28th.
Upcoming Events
Boys Basketball:
2/25: @ Plymouth
2/28: @ Mishawaka
Boys Swimming:
2/22: IHSAA Sectional Finals
Boys Hockey:
2/28: State Tournament Begins
Visit www.saintjoeathletics.com for a complete rundown of scores, schedules, and news.